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China responded professionally and safely to an Australian surveillance aircraft that approached the country"s territorial airspace over the South China Sea, a spokesman for the Ministry of National Defense said on Tuesday. "On May 26, an Australian P-8 anti-submarine patrol aircraft conducted close reconnaissance in the neighboring airspace of China's Xisha Islands and approached the airspace continuously despite repeated warnings from the Chinese side," ministry spokesman Senior Colonel Tan Kefei said in a statement.  "The People's Liberation Army's Southern Theater Command mobilized naval and air forces to identify the craft and warned it off," he said. On Sunday, Australia accused